What is the procedure for problem dog therapy?

If you are overwhelmed with dog training and experience your dog's behavior as disturbing, you should consider problem dog therapy. So that you know what you will be facing, you will learn something about the course of the therapy here. In problem dog therapy, dog and owner have to work together - Shutterstock / Eldad Carin

Make sure that you do problem dog therapy with a certified problem dog therapist who is very familiar with the behavior of dogs. It is also important that the course of therapy is not only aimed at fighting symptoms such as aggressive behavior or constant barking, but is also tackling the problem at its root, i.e. trying to remedy the cause of the dog's behavioral disorder. Otherwise there are no sustainable successes.

Problem dog therapy begins with conversation and testing

In order to determine the cause of your dog's behavior, there is a detailed discussion before the problem dog therapy expires. In addition, the dog has to go through some tests so that the therapist can correctly assess him. In the conversation, you should answer the therapist's questions openly and honestly. This can be uncomfortable in part because problematic behavior in dogs is usually due to mistakes in dog training and keeping. So for successful problem dog therapy, you need to be ready to admit your own mistakes and change your own behavior. It is not about criticizing you, but about helping your dog to gain trust in you as a "pack leader" and to feel safe.

The tests check how far the anxious, insecure or aggressive behavior in the dog has already developed and established. This includes, for example, the situations in which your dog reacts "problematically". Does he only become aggressive or insecure when there are obvious provocations? Or already with small stimuli? Perhaps even from a human point of view, apparently for no reason? The results and your answers from the conversation allow the therapist to get a comprehensive picture of your dog and to analyze what is missing and how it can be remedied.

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Determine treatment plan before expiry

The therapist then draws up a treatment plan that precisely defines the course of the problem dog therapy. Depending on how firmly the problematic behavior has already settled in and how far it has developed, the therapy can last longer or shorter. Follow the therapist's instructions exactly and practice what you have learned at home. If you find that you are having difficulty doing this, do not be afraid to tell the therapist about it. Even after the problem dog therapy has expired, reputable therapists are available to answer your questions, so that you do not have to be afraid if your dog sometimes shows unwanted behavior again.

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